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ISIS spokesman reportedly killed during raid in Syria

Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir was killed on Sunday during a raid in northern Syria, a Syrian activist and the leader of a Kurdish militia that fought ISIS said.

The activist, Hussein Nasser, told The New York Times he spoke to people who said that al-Muhajir was in the back of an oil tanker truck, about to be smuggled out of the country, when the vehicle was hit by what they think was an American airstrike. Mazlum Abdi, the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that al-Muhajir was killed in an operation coordinated between his forces and the U.S.

On Saturday, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid in Syria. Terrorism experts believe that al-Muhajir was likely his successor, the Times reports. Abu Hassan al-Muhajir was a nom de guerre, and his actual name and nationality are unknown. His last statement was released in March, when he urged followers to retaliate against mosque attacks in New Zealand, which left 50 dead. U.S. officials could not immediately confirm reports that al-Muhajir has been killed.